Members of the Founding Fathers Group
"The good or ill hap
of a good or ill life
is the good or ill choice
of a good or ill wife"
~~ Ben Franklin's letter to his son William, on the topic of marriage
Portrait from the National Portrait Gallery, London
President of Pennsylvania [1785-1788]
USA Minister to France [1765-1779]
USA Postmaster General [1775-1776]
Writer + Publisher
Humorist + Essayist
Scientist + Inventor
Ambassador + Negotiator
Free-thinker + Visionary
Architect and Guide of the American Revolution
a.k.a. Benjamin Josiah Franklin
dematerialization 17-Apr-1790 [age 84]
"The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance." - BJF
birth data from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin
tentatively rectified by BP Lama Jyotishavidya
charts + graphs + tables = produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama
astrodatabank.com quotes: "christened on the Sunday of the morning that he was born" . Time of birth: Knowing the Sunday Service customs of the day, it can be conjectured that he was born near noon with enough lead time that the family could tidy up for Church. Franklin's family was very large with many sibling helpers and they were accustomed to producing babies. It may have been a standard family task to swaddle Yet, another new baby and get it promptly to the sacristy .
Agneya * Riksya * Karthika * Alcyone
For Krittika births of a masculine valence, the condition of radiant, romantic, intelligent, creative, idealistic, central, confident, gaming, self-reflexive, pitrikaraka Surya may considerably affect the outcome.
For those born into the splendidly Surya-ruled paradigm of Riksya, father-figures, politicians, celebrity, royalty, entitled roles, brilliant dramatists, radiant deities, sparkling genius, glittering creativity, intelligentsia, speculators, poets, romantic lovers, gamblers, and game-players may be especially influential.
Instructional guidance provided by emissaries from the civilizations of the Pleyades. Their purpose is confidence-raising and light-bringing in creative pursuit of values fulfillment.
Agneya-born gentlemen are often found in politics, in gambling and speculation, or in creative finance. Natural dramatists, Riksya-born are brightly idealistic and self-directed seekers of attention.
Mesha pada 1 represents nakshatra-pati Surya's empowerment in romance and celebrity entitlements. In the rashi of Champion Mangala, sparkling Surya asserts radiant genius. Typically pada 1 are dramatists, politicians, royalty, celebrity, creative artists, and unique charismatic figures.
Vrishabha-Urisha-pada-2-3-4 express the tension between two-party bargainer Shukra versus one-party autocratic singular nakshatra-pati Surya. Often the intelligence of pada 2-3-4 is focused into the Values-fulfilling sectors of banking and finance, natural resource conservation, music, wines and perfumes, arts, and beauty. Depending on [Yogakaraka] Shani ruler of 9+10, the Vrishabha pada of Krittika have a stronger propensity toward government positions.
Themes of self-importance, individual entitlement, creativity, and confidence may contextualize Krittika's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Krittika-Pleyades
QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde.  . Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 80
"A proud, dignified, and honorable person
He is very ambitious and eager for power
He has an innate sense of the importance of his destiny .
He expects everything to come to him as his due
Ben Franklin by Joseph-Siffrein Duplessis - http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/brush/ben.htm Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
later-life portrait of Benjamin Franklin in the Smithsonian collection
Benjamin Franklin by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, c1777
Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar
Rahu Mahadasha * age birth until age 4
17-Jan-1706 Earth-birth in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British America * Rahu-Shukra bhukti * Shukra lagnesha
Guru Mahadasha * age 4 until age 20
1718 [BJF age 12] 1718 removed from school by his father, and forcibly apprenticed to his older brother James, a Boston printer. James was a harsh boss who mistreated BJF. Nevertheless, BJF learned the printing trade that would become his social identity * Guru-Shukra bhukti * Shukra rogesha servitude + Shukra lagnesha
1721 [BJF age 16] fled the bonded servitude of his harsh apprenticeship in Boston, and moved to Philadelphia working as a printer * Guru-Chandra bhukti * Chandra rules 3 = 12th-from-4th leaving home
1722 [BJF age 16] Franklin becomes a vegetarian * Guru-Chandra bhukti * Chandra nourishment activates 3-mental habits * 3 contains [uchcha] Guru wisdom
1724 [BJF age 18] emigrated from Philadelphia to London, where he again found work as a printer * Guru-Rahu chidra-dasha * Rahu's ruler Shukra-8 identity transformation
1725 [BJF age 20] in London, published his first pamphlet "A Dissertation on Liberty & Necessity, Pleasure and Pain" * Guru-Rahu chidra-dasha
Shani Mahadasha * age 20 until age 39
1726 [BJF age 20] return to Philadelphia * Shani-Shani svabhukti
1727 [BJF age 21] Suffered the first of many attacks of pleurisy * Shani-Shani svabhukti * begin Sade-Sati
1730 [BJF age 24] Franklin's shop chosen as the official government printer for British colonial Pennsylvania * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha printing
1730 [BJF age 24] celebrated the birth of child-1 William * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha putra-pati
Sep-1730 [BJF age 24] common-law cohabitation document signed with Philadelphia woman Deborah Read. DR's mother owned Franklin's boarding house + BJF worked for DR's father. DR was legally married to a disappeared husband = legally not free to marry BJF. The document = pre-emptive protection against bigamy * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha documentation
1731 [BJF age 25] joins Freemasons * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha-9 congregation
1732 [BJF age 26] celebrated the birth of child-2 Francis * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha putra-pati
1734 [BJF age 28] elected Grand Master of Grand Lodge of Free-Masonry of Pennsylvania * Shani-Shukra bhukti * Shukra lagnesha + Shukra activates Thula 10th navamsha
1736 [BJF age 30] grieved the death of child-2 from smallpox * Shani-Surya bhukti * Surya activates 12th-from-5
1742 [BJF age 36] invented the Franklin Stove, which is still used in some American rural fireplaces * Shani-Rahu bhukti
1743 [BJF age 37] celebrated the birth of child-3, daughter Sally. She would be BJF's loyal aide throughout life * Shani-Guru chidra-dasha
16-Jan-1745 [BJF age 39] grieved the decease of father Josiah Franklin * Shani-Guru chidra-dasha * Guru pitrimaraka rules 2nd-from-9th ++ 12th-from-Surya
BudhaMahadasha * age 39 until age 56
1748 [BJF age 42] BJF takes a business partner who manages daily affairs, while BJF pursues his scientific interests. BJF continues to earn from his original shop + his numerous franchise shops * Budha-Ketu bhukti * Ketu-7 disengaged partnership + Kuja-8 hidden arrangements
08-May-1752 [BJF age 46] grieved the decease of mother Abiah Folger Franklin * Budha-Surya bhukti * Surya activates 7th-from-Chandra
1753 [BJF age 47] reputation increased = published his electricity experiments + instructions for how to install lightning rods on large and small buildings * Budha-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-10 Kumbha science 10-reputation rules Guru-3-publications
1753 [BJF age 47] becomes Postmaster General for British America * Budha-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-10 government rules 3-letters
1759 [BJF age 53] awarded honorary doctorate from St Andrews University * Budha-Guru bhukti * Guru activates 11 awards for work accomplished
1759 [BJF age 53] moves semi-permanently to England, although he continues to make visits to the USA + accepts short-term governance roles * Budha-Shani chidra-dasha * Shani-12 distant lands
30-Apr-1762 [BJF age 56] Awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Law from Oxford University. * Budha-Shani chidra-dasha * Shani activates 9-university + 10 public titles
Ketu Mahadasha * age 56 until age 63
Oct-1764 [BJF age 58] lost his elected seat [happily] in the Pennsylvania Assembly. Abandoning his family, BJF quietly returned to London * Ketu-Chandra bhukti * Chandra activates Karkata 12th-from-4th = loss of local anchor
1766 [BJF age 60] sold his famed printing business to longtime partner, thus cutting the final tie to Philadelphia's merchant society *Ketu-Rahu bhukti
Shukra Mahadasha * age 65 until decease age 84
1773 [BJF age 67] The Hutchinson Letters BJF's discovery and disclosure of this correspondence [in London] between colonial governors effectively started the American Revolution * Shukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-10 governance rules-3 letters, correspondence
16-Dec-1774 [BJF age 68] grieved the decease of wife Deborah Read in Philadelphia. BJF did not return from London for her funeral * Shukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra activates Karkata = 12th-from-7th-from-Chandra
1775 [BJF age 69] former postmaster BJF manages the Revolutionary committee to conduct secret correspondence with foreign powers * Shukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-10 governance rules-3 letters, communications
1777 [BJF age 70] collaborative writing of the key revolutionary document, Articles of Confederation. Not ratified or published until 1781. * Shukra-Rahu bhukti * [Rahu-Urisha] [Rahu in bhava-1] persuasive personality
1783 [BJF age 77] negotiated the Treaty of Paris that finally ended the USA Revolutionary War [1775-83] Shukra-Shani bhukti * Shani karmesha authority * Shani-12 distant lands, secluded environments
1787 [BJF age 81] delegate to USA Constitutional Convention * Shukra-Budha bhukti * Budha activates 5-politics
17-Apr-1790 [BJF age 84] body dematerialization via pleurisy, in Philadelphia * Shukra-Mangala bhukti * Mangala maraka rules Ketu-7
Distinctive features of the nativity
pitri-karaka [father] jyoti-karaka [light]
[karako bhavo nashto for father, patrons, indoctrinators]
[bright focus of hierarchical philosophy]
[confidently displays conventional wisdom]
[center-stage roles in governance guidance]
[class-conscious ideologue-preacher-priestly father]
Surya in bhava-9 doctrinal father-figure
Dad = Josiah Franklin, an English-born Boston tradesman + tithingman in the Congregationalist Church
The father of 17 children by two wives, Dad was known to have been patronizing and self-righteous in character. Karako bhavo nashto
Dad worked as a fabric dyer in England. When he moved to Boston age 25, dad switched to making soap and candles .
Surya in bhava-9 bandhesha in 6th-from-4th indicates a strong-willed father who would have been mainly concerned with his roles in household parenting  and social respect Surya-Makara-Draco at church  .
OUTCOMES - SURYA
a new country, based in new principles
Surya ruler of 4-settlement located in 9-ideology
bhava-9 * doctrine * fortune * wisdom * philosophy * theory * global perspective
paradigms of belief are super-charged in BJF's life due to Uttarāṣāḍha [Surya-yuti-Budha] being bombarded by incoming drishti from both [uchcha] Rahu-1 ++ [nīcha] Shani-12
Shani owns political Surya ++ Shani sends 10th-drishti into 9-Makara
matrikaraka [mother] * garha-karaka [village]
OUTCOMES - CHANDRA
Chandra occupies 8th-from-5 royalty, entitlement
As a vigorous response to the overthrow of rulership by hereditary royalty, BJF's futuristic vision [Chandra Kumbha] required that
the principles of social governance which BJF helped to formulate, write, and publish in the 1770's [Chandra rules 3 publication] provided the basis for a soon-to-follow explosion of American goods, services, inventions, and ideas.
A familiar face at the beginning of the Age of Kumbha.
BJF remains a cornerstone figure in the American historical mythology.
He is remembered much less for his governance work [which was done mainly in clandestine environments] . He is remembered much more for his inventions and improvements especially electricity [Kumbha]
For each invention-or-improvement, Franklin published its complete drawings, plans, and materials [Chandra rules Guru-3 publication] .
governance roles, popular figures
activates Arudha lagna Karkata
Chandra in Sadachbia-Varuna agent of scientific discovery
Chandra in classroom-10 public reputation = rules 3 = writer-publisher newspaperman publisher almanac autobiography
Chandra-10 rules 3-commerce - Chandra occupies 6/8 tension from 3-mercantilism
MARRIAGE partnership emotional equity support expectations
[7th-from Chandra-10] -Kumbha
Challenges to Marriage loyalty
dissociating Ketu in classroom-7
[Mūla-Kuja] = ruler of 7 occupies 8
In the masculine nativity, Shukra-yuti-Mangala suggests bisexuality ++ two life-partners
BJF had marital problems, but home-avoidance was easy and divorce was never necessary. Since BJF was never legally married, he had no concern with divorce. Harsha Yoga
In 1723 [BJF age 18] Franklin had proposed marriage to Deborah Read.
Following her mother's wishes, DR married another available suitor.
In their common-law marriage, Deborah Read was loyal to BJF by all accounts.
The mother of his second and third children, she also raised Franklin's first son William -- who in all likelihood was in truth her biological son.
6/8 shad-ashtakya angles from Chandra-Kumbha
bhratru-karaka [brother] virya-karaka [virile]
OUTCOMES - MANGALA
[Mūla] Mangala in bhava-8 activates
OUTCOMES - BUDHA
[Budha in bhava-9] talks about principles, convictions, beliefs
Budha occupies 6th-from-4th = adversarial to the established customs
Eldest son William = Budha rules 5th-from-Chandra
BJF's eldest son was both a friend and a hater of BJF
Budha rules 2-family patterns, family heritage
a remarkable feature of the Franklin family line is the impetuous production of children born outside of marriage.
BJF eschewed government office in order to retain his freedom to work incognito and to continue to develop his own commercial interests
Vidya-pati-5 Budha = owned and aspected by financially shrewd and realistic Bharani-Shani-Mesha [nīcha] .
dhava-karaka [husband] bahuta-karaka [variety]
OUTCOMES - GURU
[uchcha] Guru-3 commerce rules-and-aspects 11-marketplace economics
Guru-Karkata-Pushya = tolerant [Guru] and pragmatic [Shani]
Guru-3 enjoys a mutual drishti with articulatory Budha-9
++ Generous Guru activates the literary advertising publicity oriented Meena-11 = 3rd from Budha
BJF changed many people's minds about a wide variety of topics [Guru-3]
[uchcha] Guru-3 suggests substantial financial well-being via writing-printing-documentation-publishing.
Guru ruler of 11 suggests BJF's ability to profit from the aphorisms which he snatched from the folk wisdom of the local farmers [Karkata].
svadu-karaka [sweet] kalatra-karaka [wifely companion]
OUTCOMES - SHUKRA
Suave Shukra activates Thula 10th navamsha containing [uchcha] Shani leadership and diplomacy
Suave Shukra activates Karakamsha bhava-6 illness, conflict, war
Pūrvāṣāḍhā Shukra lagnesha occupies 11th-from-Chandra = secret economic connections
Always oriented to the promise of prosperity through trade [Shukra] Franklin was a prime mover behind the Commonwealth of the new American Republic.
In the end he died a wealthy man [uchcha] Rahu-1]
He left a legacy of open cross-Atlantic trade with former British enemies as well as stronger inter-trading links between the mutually suspicious and blaming individual confederated states.
In the secretive randhrasthana, Shukra-yuti-Mangala combine rulers of 1 + 6 + 7 + 12
+ [Harsha Yoga] protects against criminal harm, war, poverty 
+ [Vimala Yoga] protects against imprisonment, isolation, disappearance 
Conditions of war, disputes, treachery, broken promises, betrayal, exploitation and injustice formed the backdrop to BJF's diplomatic  adventures. War hostilities  remained throughout his lifetime, yet he prospered via an unmatched personality [Rahu-[uchcha] 1 ruled by Shukra-8] .
duro-karaka [endurance] *jara-karaka [Jahre, years]
[Atmakaraka Governance, legal institutions, sobriety, respect for elders, systems, science]
OUTCOMES - SHANI
Yogakaraka [nīcha] Shani-12 is effective from a behind-the-scenes platform
Family of Origin
[nīcha] Shani 3rd-dristhi into family of origin  suggests that the family is harshly materialistic. One begins life with no capitalization  from the family coffers.
Regardless of His nichha status, Shani is a yogakaraka. Determination and hard work with regular delays and much resistance would allow incremental improvements.
The bigger wealth factor, naturally, is BJF's [uchcha] Rahu-1.
Shani-[nīcha] 12 occupies 11th-from-2nd - modestly profitable foreign investments
The highest concentrations of angry, blaming, intractable [Mesha-Shani] people in BJF's life were located in
Disabilities and inconveniences [nīcha] Shani] of being older.
[nīcha] Shani-12 = inimical to marriage
The work is demanding and the family of origin is not supportive Therefore, one begins with no capitalization from the family coffers. It is a yoga of self-made wealth via determination and hard work with regular delays and much resistance.
karmesha [nīcha] Shani-12 works in governance, yet most of the roles are invisible
BJF did substantial diplomatic and policy-crafting work which secured the New Republic against considerable opposition. Yet, his governance actions were mainly invisible to the public.
Appearing as a humble print-shop operator and hobbyist scientist, BJF's persona was unpretentiously commercial = Chandra-10 rules 3.
Judgmental Siblings 3rd-from-Chandra
Shani-Mesha [nīcha] occupies the emotionally talkative, communicative cohort evangelical instructional team-working administrative managerial announcing publishing reporting explanatory conversational lyrical messaging 33rd-from-Chandra
Many years later he repaired relations with his parents, but BJF never forgave his punishing elder brother.
bhava-11 = elder siblings [generally] ruled by Guru-3 shop-keeper, printer
Ketu in classroom-7 breaks contracts
rajyalobha-karaka [ambition] picchala-karaka [slippery]
[Krittika-2] = [navamsha Rahu-Makara] government
CAREOUTCOMES - RAHU
Eldest Child = complex, politicized, roller-coaster relationship
Emotionally turbulent, perpetually transformative, trauma-inducing 8th-from-Chandra becomes bhava-5-Kanya children [especially the eldest child]
Budha-Makara-9 intakes 10th-governance drishti of a challenging [nīcha] Shani-12
In modern parlance, William likely had a personality disorder compounded by PTSD from childhood abandonment [Borderline PD] .
After dad lobbied to get his son a position in the London-based colonial administration, William was appointed colonial governor of New Jersey.
inflamed Rahu over-reaching,
As governor, William turned on his revolutionary father, seeing BJF not as his dad but rather as a threat to his job security.
William issued a warrant [Budha] for his father Ben's arrest on suspicion of sedition. After that over-reaching moment [Rahu], their differences were not just philosophical, but very personal. The Americans eventually won the war. BJF stopped communicating with his once-cherished son except for a few property matters.
kavandha-karaka [headless] chidra-karaka [gaping] vasana-karaka [vacuum]
OUTCOMES - KETU
bhava-7 often indicates travel
Collapsing Ketu 's ruler [Mūla] Kuja occupies 8
Ketu in classroom-7 Disregarding [Ketu] the customs of the day, BJF never legally married.
Weakness when manageable presents opportunities for growth.
file update = 16-Oct-2021
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